An Egyptian business woman, Najlaa Wafa, was sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in prison after allegedly falling out with a Saudi Princess. The Egyptian victim has only been named recently, but her case was reported by Egyptian media, while angry Egyptians launched campaigns on social media websites, calling on the new Egyptian President, Mohamad Morsi, to stop the Saudi authorities from "completing the sentence" through applying the last 200 lashes. The above photo has been taken after the first 300 lashes.
According to an Egyptian report, Najlaa was arrested on the 30th of May, 2009; she went through four days of harsh interrogation before being transferred to a prison where she spent 20 months without trial. On the 14th of June 2011, she was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 500 lashes.
Last May, the Saudi authorities started the execution of the lashing sentence. Every week, Najlaa received 50 lashes for 6 weeks. She suffers from a deviation in her vertebral column, which only makes things worse.
|Wafa with her two Children (family photo, LA Times blog)|
After the Arab Digest reported on the case, the LA Times blog wrote about it in detail. Wafa, originally a wedding planner, cashed a cheque from a Saudi princess but did not fulfill the conditions of an agreement to open up a restaurant in the kingdom.